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: call today to schedule a free investment check-up, or visit a td ameritrade branch. bret: if tom ridge was hoping to generate buzz about his upcoming book, mission accomplished. the publisher released a summary saying he was pressured to change the terror threat level for political purposes, a change that is drawing enthusiastic rebuttals. mike emanuel has the story. >> as osama bin laden warned in a videotape that blood would run through the streets of america, tom ridge claims in a new book that he was pressured to raise the color-code threat level on the eve of the 2004 election, but he refused. he wrote, "there is absolutely no support for that position within our department. i wondered, is this about security or politics?" this was perceived as a move that would help then-president bush. francis townsend flatly deny that. >> not only do not think it played politics, it was never discussed. >> for the region >> there was concern that if intelligent supported raising the threat -- the threat level, it might be to the detriment of president bush because people might perceive it being
"washington post" poll finds majority of americans see the war there is not worth fighting. bret stevens joins our panel. bret, a shocking poll. does that put a time limit on president obama freedom of maneuver in afghanistan? >> if he chooses to follow public opinion rather than leave it, it does. americans see a war that's not going well. taliban is insurgent. and election where voters were courageous and intimidated by the taliban. the question is whether this president means it when he speaks about a war of necessity, a war we have to win. on the other hand when obama talks about finishing this war, that suggests that he's looking for some kind of exit strategy. >> he rarely talks about it. >> he understands he spoke of afghanistan as the contrast to war in iraq and america has to win. he has the political capital to eare cyst his left flank urging to get out of afghanistan as if 911 never happened. >> should there be a new surge, iraq style in afghanistan? >> the question is surge to achieve what? we have to be realistic about the mission in afghanistan. anyone who has been to afghanistan
was gunned down in his own home. >> a hot august afternoon was disturbed by gunfire thursday. bret henry heard three loud booms. >> i ducked, a heard a truck go by. i thought it was a truck. it was gun shots. >> henry's next door neighbor dante gunther was shot and killed in his home. police say someone knocked on his front door. when gunther looked out his front window, he was shot three times. >> everybody was upset. everybody wath was out here. his good friend lives next door to me. he was hysterical about it. >> he is a nice gay. stayed to himself. -- he was a nice guy. he stayed to himself. >> neighbors dame by to -- came by to offer condolences. a group has been working to revitalize the neighborhood. some fear this violence is the beginning of a trend in the other direction. >> everything was good for a while, and then it is just starting back up. i hope it don't get any worse. >> baltimore police say they have no suspects so far in begun they are's murder. in the news room, kim dacey. >> baltimore police are investigating what could be the city's 133rd homicide this year. office
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